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Taylor Ho Bynum

New Haven, CT      

Taylor Ho Bynum (b. 1975) has spent his career navigating the intersections between structure and improvisation – through musical composition, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration, and through production, organizing, teaching, writing and advocacy. Bynum’s expressionistic playing on cornet and his expansive vision as composer have garnered him critical attention on over twenty recordings as a bandleader and dozens more as a sideman. Recent releases on the Firehouse 12 Records label include the 4-album set “Navigation” (2013) with his Sextet and 7-tette, and “Enter the Plustet” (2016), the debut recording of his 15-piece creative orchestra.

His varied endeavors include his Acoustic Bicycle Tours (where he travels to concerts solely by bike across thousands of miles) and his stewardship of Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation (which he serves as executive director, producing and performing on most of Braxton’s recent major projects). In addition to his own bands, his ongoing collaboration with Braxton, past work with other legendary figures such as Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor, and current collective projects with forward thinking peers like Mary Halvorson and Tomas Fujiwara, Bynum increasingly travels the globe to conduct community-based large ensembles in explorations of new creative orchestra music. He is also a published author and contributor to The New Yorker’s Culture Blog, has taught at universities, festivals, and workshops worldwide, and is the director of Dartmouth College’s Barbary Coast Jazz and Creative Music Ensemble. He has also served as a panelist and consultant for leading foundations, arts organizations, and individual artists, and his work has received support from Creative Capital, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Chamber Music America, New Music USA, USArtists International, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

An excerpt from KID – Navigation (Possibility Abstract XIII)

From the Firehouse 12 album “Navigation – The Complete Firehouse 12 Recordings”. Performed by the Taylor Ho Bynum 7-tette:
THB – cornet, composer
Jim Hobbs – alto saxophone
Bill Lowe – bass trombone, tuba
Mary Halvorson – guitar
Ken Filiano – bass
Tomas Fujiwara – drums
Chad Taylor – drums

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Taylor Ho Bynum’s Acoustic Bicycle Tour

Directed by Chris Jonas, 15 minutes, 2015.
This short documentary captures Taylor Ho Bynum’s 2014 Acoustic Bicycle Tour, a 5-week, 2000-mile performance journey in which he traveled down the entirety of the West Coast from Canada to Mexico solely by bicycle, presenting concerts along the way and collaborating with 50 different musicians. The endeavor was an act of composition, a performance art piece, a philosophical statement, a celebration of musical community, and an exercise in extreme physicality.

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